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A magazine for alumni, parents and friends of SUNY Geneseo


CHRIS The campaign:

How you mattered •

The power of chance encounters


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Chris Dahl’s legacy For 18 years, Christopher C. Dahl led the college while he also championed teaching, community and elbow grease. Those who know him best reveal his character and accomplishments, and we look back in photos.


7 Questions The retiring president opens up about his lessons in human nature, his love of teaching and his choices in office attire.


A historic campaign, a new beginning We did it! Geneseo supporters successfully raised $23 million. Alumni look forward to what Shaping Lives of Purpose really means to the college.


A chance encounter Cory Young ’13 talks about a true connection with 1967 alumni in an award-winning essay.


One College Circle Athletics and Recreation: Welcome to the rough house world of rugby.

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Alumni News Class Notes

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President’s Message Lessons from the wild Perspectives A lawmaker weighs rights versus gun control.


Random Profile: One Cup

Cover Photo by Keith Walters ’11. Table of contents: Students welcome the new academic year following New Student Convocation and First Knight festivities with fireworks over the valley. Photography by Keith Walters ’11. Postmaster: Please address changes to the Office of Alumni Relations, Doty Hall, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454-1484. Standard-class postage paid at Lebanon Junction, KY 40150

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Vol. 39, No.2; Fall 2013 The Geneseo Scene is published by SUNY Geneseo, Division of College Advancement, Office of College Communications. Christopher C. Dahl, President Carol S. Long, Interim President William H. Brower III, Vice President for College Advancement Anthony T. Hoppa, Assistant Vice President for College Communications Kris Dreessen, Editor Carole Smith Volpe ’91, Creative Director Contributing writers: Chelsea Butkowski ’15 Anthony T. Hoppa David Irwin Laura Kenyon Jared Scott Tesler

Contributing photographers: Kris Dreessen Keith Walters ’11 Alumni Relations Office Ronna Bosko, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Michelle Walton Worden ’92, Associate Director of Alumni Relations Tracy Young Gagnier ’93, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Alumni Relations Office at Collins Alumni Center McClellan House SUNY Geneseo 1 College Circle Geneseo, NY 14454-1484 Phone: (585) 245-5506 Fax: (585) 245-5505 Contact the Scene at Visit the website at Phone: (585) 245-5516


Telling Our Story s I write this, my last president’s column, I’m preparing for my final Opening Convocation address, followed shortly by my sabbatical and retirement. In the spirit of our new communications initiative “What’s Your Geneseo Story?,” let me share a bit of my own story. It’s been 19 years since I came to Geneseo, a long run as college presidencies go. Those years have passed quickly. Like many Geneseo alumni, I knew this was the place when I first visited campus in spring 1994 as a candidate for the provost position. I remember walking around Sturges Quad with Bill Edgar, legendary philosophy professor, and gazing out over the valley from the gazebo. What an iconic scene. What a compelling introduction. As I drove around with the search committee chair, Jim Willey, another distinguished professor, I fell in love with the village. I was impressed by the faculty and staff members I met (few places can boast professors like Bill and Jim or Ron Herzman, Bill Cook, and Margaret Matlin, to name a few). I wanted a highly selective, residential college that valued the education of the whole person. I knew I had found such a place by the end of my first year. In the years since, I’ve seldom been disappointed. Certainly not by our students — bright, talented, Every year we have become lively, and fundamentally good human beings. an even better and more One of my few regrets is that I haven’t been able to spend more time in the classroom with them. distinguished public liberal arts It’s been a joy to watch the college develop dur- college, a place that really ing my years: a growing national reputation, changes lives and whose greater diversity, outstanding service-learning graduates make the world opportunities such as Livingston County CARES, a better place. and beautiful new buildings all over campus. Now we look as good as we are. This magazine, the Scene, has become something quite remarkable, with handsome photography and design and strong content. I am proud to celebrate the success of our Shaping Lives of Purpose campaign, but I’m almost more grateful for the opportunities it has provided me to get to know alumni from all over the country and every era. They are wonderful. What gives me the most satisfaction, however, is that we have kept the faith: Every year we have become an even better and more distinguished public liberal arts college, a place that really changes lives and whose graduates make the world a better place. That’s the underlying theme of my story. Thank you all for being part of this superb college community and enriching my life beyond measure. I may be retiring, but I’ll stay part of the Geneseo family forever.


What gives me the most satisfaction, however, is that we have kept the faith:

Gratefully yours,

Christopher Dahl


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One College Circle OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD RESEARCH What is the composition of meteorites that hit Earth? Physics major Drew Ellison ’14 is researching that question utilizing Geneseo’s particle accelerator lab. Here, he is refilling a liquid nitrogen dewar that will cool an X-ray detector used in the target chamber for his work. Ellison, who is one of approximately 15 students involved in research using the particle accelerator, is also working with faculty on a project to measure the response of a detector film that is used to study charged particles produced in ultra-intense laser-matter interactions. “I plan on going to graduate school next year for aerospace engineering. Although the fields are seemingly unrelated, the skills I’ve learned in the lab here are universal and have made a world of difference in my capacity as a scientist,” says Ellison. “The physics department makes getting involved in projects seamless, given that you have sufficient motivation to put the work in.”


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Refugee outreach Physics’ golden anniversary Geneseo’s new front door News in brief Fall 2013



CAMPUS NEWS Mission Driven:

Students — once refugees themselves — give back efore Dhan Adhi Kari started taking the English class for refugees, she had never written the alphabet of her native Nepalese tongue. She had never even held a pencil. Her father died when she was young, and she never attended school. Her family then spent 25 years in a refugee camp in Nepal, with no opportunity beyond its borders. Seeking a new life, Kari and her husband brought their children to America a year ago. At Mary’s Place in Rochester, N.Y., she and her husband are just beginning to speak and write their first phrases in their new language. They learn how to ask and pay for a loaf of bread; that a nickel is 5 cents. “I used to be very scared, but now I have hope,” said Kari after a lesson. “I feel like even I can study.” That’s because, Kari said, she often feels overwhelmed, but with help from Geneseo students, she finally sees progress. Several days a week last semester, Tsering Ukyab ’15 and Shikha Jha ’14, both international students from Nepal, translated for Kari and other refugees from their country during class. Along with Nathalie Kalumbwe ’16 and Estefania Trujillo ’14, they served as volunteer tutors, helping to ease their transition as their service project for the Real World Geneseo experience (see sidebar). They know what it’s like to struggle to make a new life. Kalumbwe and Trujillo also



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A former refugee, Nathalie Kalumbwe ’16, originally from Congo, helps refugees learn basic English phrases at an outreach center. She and other students volunteered to assist them in their new culture.

: About Real World Geneseo

The first “extreme learning” course developed at Geneseo, it begins with a four-day immersion seminar on racism, classism and other social issues. Students then attend weekly seminars and apply concepts in a service-learning project that they choose and that can make positive change. Real World Geneseo won the 2013 bronze Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Excellence Award for programs aimed at cultivating culturally competent students.

came to the United States as refugees. “I’ve been there,” said Trujillo. “I’ve experienced being a refugee. I know what it is like, and to not be able to speak English.” Trujillo and her family left Colombia after her father survived being kidnapped by the separatist rebel military, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia People’s Army. Kalumbwe’s family fled the war in Congo when she was 5. They spent one year in a refugee camp in Zambia,

before moving to a Zambian city, and finally being resettled in Rochester, in 2010. Kalumbwe and Trujillo are thankful for the families who helped theirs make the most of the opportunity in Rochester. Like volunteers at Mary’s Place, families tutored them and helped them navigate the essentials. They made them feel at home. Kalumbwe extended her volunteerism through the summer and collected clothes for Mary’s Place. “I know the struggles of

refugee people. It’s not just language. It’s so much more. Trying to adjust to a new country … It makes me thankful and it opens my mind,” says Kalumbwe. “I am a refugee but I am also privileged because I can communicate. I am honored to reach out. What I do here can mean a lot.” — By Kris Dreessen


50 years of science n 1963, an age of typewriters and black-and-white TV, Charles “Dutch” VanRy ’64 officially joined the new physics department as a student. He was one of just three physics majors in the department’s first graduating class, overseen by the late Professor Emeritus Robert “Duke” Sells. There were only nine science faculty members back then. “I had always been interested in physics, and since it was all brand new, I thought it would be kind of exciting, which it was,” says VanRy. “It was pretty innovative, at the time, what they were trying to do.” Fifty years later, VanRy returned to campus for PhysicsFest on Aug. 30 and 31 to celebrate the physics and astronomy department’s golden anniversary. The department now has nine faculty of its own — along with 220 students — and a dis-



Distinguished Teaching Professor of Physics Emeritus Jerry Reber, left, Dean of the College Savi Iyer, and Professor of Physics and Department Chair Charles Freeman at the 50-year celebration.

tinction. Geneseo awarded more bachelor's degrees in physics in 2011-12 than any other physics departments in the country in which a bachelor's is the highest physics degree offered, according to the American Institute of Physics. Interest in the field has grown throughout the decades. In 1973, there were just 47 majors in the program; by 1983, the number had more than dou-


bled. Geneseo has made a major investment in the hard sciences — now the school’s most popular discipline — including expanding laboratory and other resources in the Integrated Science Center. At PhysicsFest, students, alumni and emeriti networked, toured labs, and stargazed from the rooftop observatory. “We feel very connected with our alumni and we feel like our

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alumni are an important part of the department and wanted to invite them back to campus so that they could participate in the celebration,” says Professor of Physics and Department Chair Charles Freeman. That closeness, says Freeman, comes from the family-like atmosphere that started 50 years ago, and professors’ commitment to undergraduate education, in and out of class, by offering opportunities including conferences and participation in research projects such as determining the age of star clusters and modeling the extinction of light from aerosol particles. Ryan Rickert ’10, an assembly technician at Moog Inc., a company that develops mission control technology, says Geneseo’s program taught him lasting lessons. “It’s given me a lot of educational skills that I can apply in the real world like analytical skills. Also, it taught me to actually work hard,” says Rickert. “The physics major is not easy and it kind of whipped me into shape.” — By Chelsea Butkowski ’15

Doty Hall is now the main campus entrance he college has a new front door — actually, a new front building — that is prominently changing the first impression visitors receive when entering campus. Doty Hall opened in September and now houses numerous offices originally in Erwin Hall and elsewhere on campus, including the offices of the president and all of the vice presidents. “People coming onto campus often thought Doty was part of campus and now it finally is,” said David Norton, acting director of facilities planning and construction at the college. “The building fits in well architecturally with the campus and places offices with heavy public contact at the forefront.” Erwin Hall will remain open to house primarily student-related functions such as financial aid, the Office of the Dean of the College and international student services.


Doty also houses a state-of-the-art recital hall with seating for 208 and a unique all-purpose meeting area, the Tower Room, for preor post-recital receptions or meetings. The building incorporates numerous energy efficient elements, including geothermal heating and cooling, and captured rainwater for treatment and use in toilets. New York State owned the building for various functions over time, most recently serving clients of the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). OPWDD has returned to Doty and rents one floor of the renovated building. PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS ’11 Holcomb was razed to make way for construction of the new athletic stadium. Letchworth Dining Hall is also undergoing major renovation, scheduled for completion in April 2014. Bailey Hall renovation should be is completed May 2014 and will be the new home of the social sciences. — By David Irwin Fall 2013



NEWS IN BRIEF hopes to draw on a wide area of western New York and surrounding states for patrons. The opera will make its home at Geneseo.

Student ambassadors tackle projects


New opera company debuts performances at Geneseo Singers from some of the world’s top opera companies performed on campus on Aug. 10 to help launch the Finger Lakes Opera. Danielle Pastin, a soprano with the Metropolitan Opera, was among the singers, who performed arias, duets and ensembles from a variety of composers, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra.

The opera company debuts its first full production — “Carmen” — this summer at the Finger Lakes Opera Festival, Aug. 6-10. The weekend will also include chamber music performances, a vocal recital, and other musical events. Professor of Music Gerard Floriano ’84 is the company’s artistic director and conductor. Friends of Finger Lakes Opera are raising $1 million to help support the first five seasons, through 2017. The company

BLAST FROM GENESEO PAST! Editor Kris Dreessen’s neighbor, Dick, recently gave her a timeless surprise — an original copy of the 1938-1939 Geneseo Normal School Student Handbook. It belonged to Hazel Sturges, class of 1940, a fourth-grade teacher who was with us until the golden age of 86. We can’t tell her in person, but thanks, Hazel, for sharing Geneseo history with us by keeping your memories! Fun facts back then: • Students met in a committee to formally discuss — teas. • Students had to arrange for chaperones at all social events, including dances. • At those dances? Loud singing, shouting and vaudeville acts “would not be in good taste.” • During winter, the gym was transformed into a “16th-century castle,” in which the king, queen and their court of The Winter Festival were entertained by students acting as jesters and a traveling musical troupe.


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As an aspiring educator, Michelle Walpole ’14 was inspired by a boy who couldn’t participate in class because he didn’t know English. Last summer, Walpole earned her international diploma to teach English as a second language in Argentina, where she also researched best practices in teaching techniques. At home, she’s preparing for a career teaching English abroad, and will offer free language classes in Geneseo using what she learned. Walpole is one of 11 Geneseo student ambassadors who tackled transformative, self-directed projects in diverse fields, thanks to ambassador donors, who make the annual awards of $5,000 each possible. This is the second year Geneseo has offered the grants, led through the college’s Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Development. Other projects include exploring racial equality through math, sustainable nonprofit management in rural Nicaragua, and preserving local and oral history.

College is named among best in nation — twice Geneseo’s outstanding academics and giving back to the community has earned it a place in two national rankings. The Princeton Review chose Geneseo to be in its 2014 flagship college guide, “The Best 378 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States were included. An additional

four schools out of the country were also included. Washington Monthly magazine also ranks Geneseo second overall among the nation’s master’s universities that offer comprehensive undergraduate programs, some master's programs but few, if any, doctoral programs for its contribution to the public good across three categories — social mobility, research and promoting an ethic of service to country.

Introducing: Gandy Dancer Geneseo students have launched a new literary journal, Gandy Dancer, which features the work of students from across SUNY. Students curate, create and design the magazine, named for the slang term for railroad workers who laid and maintained tracks before the advent of machines to do that work: “Like the gandy dancers, writers and artists arrange and rearrange, adjust and polish to create something that allows others passage.” Students in Editing & Production workshop are creating the next issue. Check it out at

Uncommon adventures: 4 years later

Life lessons and lasting friendship from a week in the wild t first, the prospect of spending a week in the Adirondack Mountains with fellow incoming freshmen left Adam Lashinsky ’13 wary. Their openness, their reflections of their shared experiences atop summits, and late-night conversations soon changed him. “I came out appreciating how ‘change,’ with all of its challenge and promise, can really grow a person,” he says. “I learned to let the experience shape you instead of manipulatively trying to shape it.” The First-Year Institute program exposes incoming freshmen to such challenges — away from home and on their own. They see they can achieve their goals and the effort needed. “It definitely helped me to open up and be more comfortable expressing who I really am,” says Sarah Shields ’13. After the program, when Adam and Sarah and the others arrived on campus in fall 2009, they had trusted friends — each other. Scene editor Kris Dreessen was with the group as Lecturer Gary “Griz” Caudle ’70 led them through the journey of self-discovCAUDLE ery, and profiled them in the fall 2009 Scene. Throughout the years, the group met for dinners. They made Griz T-shirts and eagerly awaited his campus visits. Many reunited at Griz’s moun-




Relive their First-Year Institute journey with the article and photo essay

Four years after they began their journey as incoming freshmen in the First-Year Institute, the friends celebrated Geneseo graduation and their friendship with a final photo, wearing T-shirts of Gary “Griz” Caudle ’70, the program’s professor.

tain house for new trips — each summer. Last May, they gathered in the Sturges Quad for a final photo to celebrate their accomplishment of graduating

Bendlin ’13, remembering how her final journal entry made them misty-eyed. After she had read it, her new friends lifted her so she could stand high above their out-

“Change is the best mirror I know.” — Adam Lashinsky ’13 from Geneseo, and the wilderness expedition that brought them together. Adam brought the mushroom, a spongy white cap everyone proudly signed after completing the 13-mile canoe trip. They ribbed Kelsey

stretched arms and walk over a rope obstacle in one last group challenge. As juniors and seniors, Adam and Margaret Craft ’13 mentored new First-Year participants as teaching assistants. “It was an opportunity to

refresh my perspectives on the lessons I’d learned as a freshman, and to give back to the program that had done so much for me,” Adam says. His greatest lesson learned those first days? That value of change. He says he had to take a hard look at himself while entering college, to prepare himself for who he would become in these four years. Graduating, he must do it again. Change, he says, “is the best mirror I know.”

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Chris … has the

vision to see connections

where others see barriers. — Cynthia Oswald


Chris Dahl’s


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President Christopher C. Dahl never believed a president should be sealed away in an office. For 18 years, he led the college while he also championed teaching, community and elbow grease.

HEN CHRISTOPHER C. DAHL walked across campus, he would sometimes encounter prospective students and their families on admissions tours. Sometimes, he took over the tours. “I wanted them to realize what sort of family they would be joining. Years later, parents would tell me how much that meant to them — what it told them about Geneseo.” Chris joined the campus as provost in 1994 and knew it was where he wanted to devote his time and talent: Geneseo, he says, valued education of the whole person. A year later, he became interim president, and then president in 1996. For 18 years, he has led the college in its mission and vision, making it an inspiring place to be, daily. Those who work with him say Chris’ leadership was the foundation for Geneseo to build its stature as a premier national public liberal arts college. As a person, colleagues say, Chris practices what he preaches and always had an open door. Throughout his tenure, the college has completed or undertaken $300 million in renovations and construction. Chris made it a personal mission to develop a community in which a breadth of ideas and cultures is celebrated. He created a commission devoted to this mission the first year he became president. Since then the proportion of students of color has nearly doubled, from 12 to 20 percent. There were just 13 international students in 1995. Now there are 187. Geneseo is consistently top rated in prestigious national rankings, not only for



outstanding academics, student opportunities and teaching, but for environmental responsibility and contributions to the public good. Throughout, Chris collaborated with faculty and as a professor of English himself, team-taught a course in British romanticism

1996: Inauguration (FILE PHOTO)

every other fall semester. He never thought a president should be “sealed off in an office in some tower.” In October, Chris went on leave to pursue academic interests, continue fundraising for Geneseo and work on projects for SUNY. He officially retires in June. As Geneseo readies to say farewell, it is fitting for those who know him — as a leader on campus and within the community — to provide insight into his accomplishments, his character and his legacy.

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1996: Homecoming parade (FILE PHOTO)

“At his core, Chris delights in the achievements of others: his faculty, his staff, and most of all the students at SUNY Geneseo. For me, one of the legacies of working so closely with him, and also being able to call myself a very close friend, is that he has also become a role model.” — Ronald Herzman


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Teacher and inspirer In an essay on education from the 1770s, Anna Letitia Barbauld explains that in addition to formal tutoring by teachers, “your example will educate” students. “Your conversation with friends, the business… you transact, … the likings and dislikings you express, these will educate.” I first read those words in Chris’ seminar on British writers of the Romantic Period, and it’s for this reason that they serve as an apt touchstone as I reflect on the impact he has had at the college and on alumni, like myself. President Dahl, even while serving as the college’s top official, was Professor Dahl to many of us. A tireless advocate for Geneseo’s public liberal arts mission, he also led by example. I took his seminar when I was just beginning to think about going to graduate school in literature. While working on a paper, I struggled to make sense of all the articles and books I was using. I emailed Professor Dahl asking whether we could meet to discuss my work. He made time to meet me at 8 a.m. — on a Saturday — in his office before meetings and appearances at student events. Later, in that same office, he gave me frank (and sound) advice on graduate school applications and academic careers. One event stands out in my mind as

representative of how Chris kept teaching at the heart of his administration. He met my parents at the reception following the autumn honors convocation during my senior year. It is expected that figureheads shake hands, chat pleasantly and extend thanks and congratulations at such events. Upon meeting my parents, however, Chris described to them, in detail, the argument I’d developed about Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “The Mask of Anarchy” in that paper I’d written for his seminar the year before. That he, as an executive administrator, could recall this memory so readily is concrete evidence of his, and the college’s, commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education. In the decade since graduating from Geneseo, I’ve worked in higher education at three universities, each with a very good president or chancellor. But as heads of large research institutions, I’m fairly certain that none were able to carve out time to teach an 8 a.m. seminar every other autumn. I think we all learned something about the character of Geneseo itself because teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts college was part of the “business” that even our president “transact(ed).” — Jonathan Senchyne ’04, assistant professor of library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Role model I have, happily, had an implausibly large number of opportunities to be with Chris away from campus and Geneseo business. Invariably in those situations, he introduces himself as “Ron’s colleague,” sometimes adding that I am his former boss. Both statements are true as far as they go: I am honored to say that Chris, as a practicing member of the English department ever since his arrival at Geneseo, is indeed my valued colleague; and since I was chair of the department when he showed up as provost almost 20 years ago, I was for a short time (technically) his boss. I think I can make the case that I have been a decent colleague. But when it comes to being a boss, the scales tip entirely in the other direction — for me and everyone who has worked at Geneseo during his presidency. Chris has been a sublime leader, tirelessly working to implement his vision of the col-

lege as the country’s premier public liberal arts college. And yet his collegiality, his integrity, and his decency make it impossible for all of us who work for him to think of ourselves as anything but his colleague. This is an almost impossible balance to achieve. People with “the vision thing” have been known to stomp on those who don’t buy into the program. Not so with Chris. He is as likely to run roughshod over someone as he is to show up for work without a jacket and tie. No small part of what has enabled Chris to achieve this astonishing balance is a quality that would serve all of us well: the great gift of being able to see and admire the best in everyone he meets. This is as real and as fundamental to who he is when he is off camera as when he is on. At his core, Chris delights in the achievements of others: his faculty, his staff, and most of all the students at SUNY Geneseo. For me, one of the legacies of working so closely with him, and also being able to call myself a very close friend, is that he has also become a role model: I wish I were more like him in his ability to focus on the good in people. I want him to know that as one small part of his incalculable legacy to Geneseo, I will try a little harder. — Ronald Herzman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English

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dent for student affairs at the time, responsible for, among other things, the college’s enrollment program. By the mid-’90s, the college had made some impressive strides in its quest to become the top undergraduate school in SUNY. But it seemed to me at the time that we were beginning to lose College visionary momentum. Chris assumed the presidency at just the Chris recognized that we were poised to right moment. I was an associate vice presimove to another level, but to do so he would have to take the lead in shaping a clear vision that would inspire and inform our decisions. The result was a strategic plan with a clear mission statement that set the college’s sights on an even higher goal: to become the premier, public, undergraduate liberal arts college in the nation. He invited me to join his cabinet to assure that student recruitment and college marketing had a voice at the table. That wasn’t common practice at the time, but it is now. His vision wasn’t bravaPHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS ’11


do, as some thought, but a well-considered plan that would require decisive action, including the reallocation of resources, to position Geneseo properly in the marketplace. Attracting and supporting top faculty would be paramount. Enhancing the beauty of the campus was also critically important, as was bolstering student recruitment and campus diversity. And to assure that we would deliver on our promise to offer an honors-quality education, he supported the expansion of student research, engagement in the arts, study abroad, volunteerism and other high-impact learning experiences. The result has been quite remarkable. Geneseo is an inspiration for many of our peers in the public sector who aspire to attract outstanding students and provide a first-rate liberal arts education. The Dahl era will be remembered as a great run for the college and a very impressive legacy for Chris. — Bill Caren, associate vice president for enrollment services

SUNY leader For many years, Geneseo has been among the very best undergraduate colleges in the SUNY system. Chris has not only honored

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“President Dahl, even while serving as the college’s top official, was Professor Dahl to many of us. A tireless advocate for Geneseo’s public liberal arts mission, he also led by example.” — Jonathan Senchyne ’04

that legacy, but deepened and expanded it. This is evident in the quality of students who enroll at Geneseo, in the superb education they receive, and in their lifelong loyalty to their alma mater. Chris has achieved these results primarily because of his fierce commitment to academic quality. His own education, years of teaching and administrative experience, and especially his core values combine to give him superb intellectual taste, a firm grasp of what excellence entails, and the courage and capacity to attain it. I served as president of SUNY New Paltz for nine years. As a SUNY colleague, I always knew that Chris would be a strong and steady voice in favor of initiatives that would build quality — and thus enable Geneseo to realize its aspiration of being a

SUNY schools, was confronted with fiscal challenges in 2008-2010 because of a struggling economy and the short-sighted legislative imposition of a “tuition tax” on SUNY students. In these tough circumstances, Chris was willing to focus the college’s energies and budget in areas that would best lead to enduring strength. Within the circle of his peers, Chris is viewed as an incisive analyst, an entertaining raconteur, and a witty and engaging colleague. There is no one whom I respect more in the State University of New York system, no one with whom I have been more willing to conspire or share an academic foxhole — and no one whom I am more proud to call my friend. — Steven G. Poskanzer, president of Carleton College

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2010: Livingston County CARES volunteer trip, Biloxi, Miss.


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premier public liberal arts honors college. I am impressed by the partnerships he and Geneseo forged with universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as the models he developed to reward superior faculty performance, and his successful efforts to obtain a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society at Geneseo. I am equally impressed with the dramatic improvements he made in Geneseo’s physical plant. I especially admire how Chris showed vision and courage in making hard choices about priorities and the allocation of resources when Geneseo, along with all

Inaugurated by Chris in 1998, the President’s Commission on Diversity and Community comprised students, administration, faculty and staff who worked together to identify the obstacles that prevented Geneseo from reaching its potential as the nation’s premier public liberal arts college. For five years, as commission co-chair and chair, I worked closely with Chris. After leaving the commission, I continued working with the campus community on teach-ins. To close 2008’s Race and Campus Culture Teach-in, organizers requested that Chris ask the 400 community participants if their own conduct fulfilled the mission of the college where they lived, studied and worked. He agreed, and spoke deliberately. The ballroom fell silent. “Wow,” observed a student, “he meant that.” The room knew it. The room knew the leader who would be applauded by the 2012 Middle States Commission on Higher Education for amplifying Geneseo’s excellence, maximizing ever-dwindling resources to diversify the college at every level. The room knew the national figure, the Association of American Colleges and Universities leader who also could follow the Geneseo grassroots’ lead. The teach-ins — including 2010’s Sexual Assault Teach-in — emerged from years of such bottom-up efforts, to which Chris contributed extraordinary support. The room knew Chris’ openness. Many resisted his ideas and actions. Many needed change to come more quickly and made

principled demands of him. Some told hard truths; some (like myself) received hard truths in return. Students found his door open, not once, but many, many times. You might leave satisfied or furious, but you just knew you’d been heard. To change institutional structures matters. But how you treat people, how you are open to being challenged and confronted: these things also matter, and they matter a lot. The room knew how rare a leader was before them. These are difficult times. Campuses wrestle with everything that the wider world does, including transphobia, ableism and misogyny. To “claim our communities as places where human beings can develop and grow,” Bernice Johnson Reagon notes, will take an “immense struggle” that “may make the Civil Rights Movement look like a picnic.” Through his leadership and commitment to lifelong learning, Chris has positioned Geneseo to meet that struggle. Students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni: Know that we cannot squander his legacy. — Beth McCoy, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English

tives each of us will take to maintain the quality of life in our little village. Another prime example of collaboration is the Healthy Campus Community Coalition, a group of college officials, community members and business people who address quality-of-life issues. They are all examples of how Chris has fostered exemplary college-community relations and reinforced the concept that the college is, indeed, within “the dominion” of the village. It has been an honor for me as mayor to have worked side by side with a president who has been so committed to having the college integrated into the community. A second facet of Chris’ tenure is his fervent advocacy of civic engagement. He stands as a true role model and practition-

volunteerism and community service, Chris has enriched the long-standing tradition of a smooth integration of the Geneseo campus into the Geneseo community. — Richard B. Hatheway, mayor of Geneseo since 1986, professor emeritus of geology

Regional developer During my tenure as president of the Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce, Chris was my “go to” economic development partner. His leadership embraced and enhanced the symbiotic relationship between the college and the business community. SUNY Geneseo is not only a college, it is a major employer in Livingston County, critical to the economy. Tourism is the county’s second-largest industry and the

Community partner “Mister Mayor, I am one of your subjects!” So proclaimed Chris — with a hearty guffaw — when we first met. He and Ruth had recently purchased a home on South Street, and in keeping with his interest in the Victorian Era, declared he thus was in the dominion and jurisdiction of the village. That jocular pronouncement in 1994 turned out to be somewhat prophetic, in that Chris has not wavered from this tenet: The college is not an entity unto itself, but is one component of the broader community. He has been sensitive to, and concerned about, “the 800-pound gorilla in the living room,” as he has put it. To diminish the impact of the college on the community, and to maintain lines of communication established years ago, Chris has undertaken numerous initiatives. He has made great strides in keeping the community informed of significant campus events and decisions. In some instances, community members have participated in major policy discussions, such as the arming of University Police, and drafting of the new VillageCollege Compact, an agreement of initia-


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er of that which he preaches. He has been a participant in the Geneseo Festival Chorus and an active member of Central Presbyterian Church. Regionally, he has served on numerous boards and committees. Many were volunteer efforts of Chris the individual, not Chris the president of Geneseo. Through his early-on proclaimed acknowledgment that the college is within the dominion and jurisdiction of the village, and through his own involvement in

“business” of the college generates a constant stream of visitors. Chris served on the Chamber Board of Directors for almost a decade and always made sure there was college representation on many chamber committees. We were so fortunate that Chris embraced the philosophy of inclusion and community. Chris made time to be visible and vocal at the table for local and regional economic development discussions; thus he earned credibility with the business community as Fall 2013



2013: Recognition of service at his final commencement

“It has been an honor for me as mayor to have worked side by side with a president who has been so committed to having the college integrated into the community.” — Richard B. Hatheway


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a partner. He insisted the college would not operate in isolation while under his leadership. Chris was always ready for that next big idea. He never tired of new and creative collaboration, offering students, faculty and college resources to businesses, organizations and our downtowns. Chris was — and is — a devoted supporter of Livingston County CARES, the organization whose members’ good work includes assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina. He supported the group’s affiliation with the college and, for longevity, formally becoming a nonprofit. There was not another organizational leader in the county willing or able to make this happen. Barilla also recently opened a pasta-making facility in the county. Several counties were competing for such a stable, lucrative project. Chris had the foresight to engage one of Geneseo’s professors who is fluent in Italian culture to plan the visit from business representatives and the Barilla family, straight from Italy. I firmly believe that expertise clinched the deal for us. As such, 100 jobs were created.

Whether it’s student ambassadors working to enhance our county farm market system or Geneseo marketing students creating logos for small businesses, Chris’ commitment to civic engagement as part of a SUNY Geneseo student’s experience has been a win-win for all. Chris was always just a phone call away and always supportive of out-of-the-box ideas. He has the vision to see connections where others see barriers. — Cynthia Oswald, past president, Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce

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If you could gather every student, faculty and staff member at Geneseo, right now on the College Green, and say one thing, what would it be? Sir Francis Bacon wrote “knowledge is power.” I would tell everyone that liberal learning is even more powerful. The power of a public liberal arts education is extraordinary. Even with your responsibilities as president, you team-taught British Romanticism with Gene Stelzig for 17 years. Why? I love to teach. I love my field. And I also teach because I love Geneseo students … Geneseo is an intimate educational environment that thrives because of the close working relationships between faculty, staff and students. That’s the essence of a Geneseo education. That requires a president who is not only an administrator and academic leader but also engaged with the intellectual life of the community. Have you ever NOT worn a suit to work? The short answer is no, but it depends on what you mean by “on the job.” I’ve never gone into the office without a coat and tie, but my “job” involves lots of different things. I didn’t wear a suit when I went to Biloxi to build roofs with Livingston County CARES, and I don’t generally wear a tie to Geneseo Ice Knights hockey games. It’s true, however, that when I was a department chair in Michigan, my colleagues claimed that I even wore a tie to bed. I’ve never taught a class without a coat and tie. Geneseo embraces a culture of community leadership and service. As president, you’ve volunteered your own time, too, including rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina with students and faculty. Why is it so important to you? Part of our task is to model the behavior our students should emulate. For me, the Biloxi trip was very special and it was a trip down memory lane. As an undergraduate at Harvard in 1966, I worked with volunteers fixing up houses in the very same


Questions with retiring President Christopher C. Dahl

Biloxi neighborhoods. That service-learning was very meaningful to me as a student. During your tenure, what were the six most important accomplishments for Geneseo? • First and foremost, we have stayed the course as a public liberal arts college and become even better at our mission. That may not sound like much, but in an age of rampant vocationalism — and in a large state system that shows little or no interest in the liberal and life-enhancing education we offer and has provided no additional support for our unique mission — that’s no mean feat. This sets us apart, and others recognize that we do our job at the level of quality that one usually encounters only in old-line private colleges with significant endowments. We are indeed New York’s public honors college. • Geneseo’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, Alpha Delta of New York. This is my favorite accomplishment and another confirmation of our distinction as a liberal arts college.

• Increased diversity across a broad spectrum. Diversity is one of the key indicators of excellence in an academic community, because students ultimately learn from others who are different from them, as well as from faculty members and members of the wider community. • Major construction and renovation on campus totaling $300 million. These aren’t merely changes to the outward appearance of campus; they allow us to carry out our mission better. • From the debates about Humanities in the 1990s to the reforms we are contemplating for general education, this community has kept our traditional liberal arts curriculum innovative, and even radical. • We are now much more clearly perceived as a partner with the community, very much rooted in Geneseo and western New York and always willing to help in economic and civic development, rather than an alien force or rival to local businesses. What are the biggest challenges Geneseo faces in the future? Adequate funding will always be a real challenge. It’s a challenge to be a highly selective public liberal arts college in our state funding environment. Student recruitment is an ever-increasing challenge, for many institutions. We also need to maintain the personal quality — that face-to-face quality — in a digital age. I believe how we respond to that will determine what kind of college we are and how successful we will be. What have you learned about human nature during your 18 years as president? Colleges and universities are fascinating human institutions. One thing I’ve learned in my years as dean, provost and president is that you can’t change individual human nature. In good ways and bad, colleges are inertial institutions, but you can get much better results when you assume that those around you are working in good faith and that they care. Faculty members are essentially volunteers (and so are the professionals who work with them). They do care, but they must be inspired. It makes a big difference if your own attitude is positive. Fall 2013


Geneseo celebrates the successful end of Shaping Lives of Purpose, and the beginning of a new era. By Lisa Feinstein

n September 2011, Geneseo celebrated the launch of Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo, the largest fundraising initiative in the college’s history. “As those who have graduated from Geneseo, we stand as the primary beneficiaries of this college. This is our collective moment to step forward, stake a claim, and take ownership of Geneseo’s current and future vitality,” said Frank Vafier ’74, campaign chair and member of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors. That night, Vafier announced a $1 million leadership gift from Edward Pettinella ’73 to establish



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two scholarships, an ambassadorship and a professorship. Alumni carried the momentum. In September 2013, 500 Geneseo supporters celebrated the completion of the campaign on campus with a surprise: Greg O’Connell ’64 announced his $1 million gift to the college. Geneseo raised $23 million — exceeding the goal by a million dollars. The campaign drew 1,500 more alumni donors this year compared to last year. Vafier and alumni leaders hope to add 1,500 more in 2014. Such gifts have already made a measurable difference.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT SUPPORT Since the campaign launch, Geneseo has awarded more than 2,500 merit-based scholarships, and nearly 900 students have been awarded research and travel grants. Such awards allow Geneseo to enroll students from families with financial need and to help support students like Mike Eisinger ’14. “Even if you don’t see it directly, please know that you are making a huge difference in students’ lives,” says Eisinger, a physics major who is pursuing an adolescent education certification, and who has benefited from several donor-funded scholarships. “You are giving students the same wonderful feeling that you had while attending Geneseo — the feeling of growing as a human being and realizing that your dreams are within reach.”

pare students to be leaders and innovators. Mentors such as Judith Albers, the first Charles L. “Bud” VanArsdale Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurship, will help them get there. An authority on entrepreneurial training, Albers joined the faculty this fall, thanks to VanArsdale’s campaign gift of $2.5 million — the largest gift in the history of the college — to fund the first endowed professorship.

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alumni-athletes raised funds to support current student-athletes, the participation rate skyrocketed. In 2013, 50 percent of men’s hockey alumni gave back to Geneseo. The participation rate of alumni-athletes from eight other teams increased to more than 11.4 percent. Inspired by the leadership lessons and life skills they acquired through the athletics program at Geneseo, swimming and diving alumni-athletes raised nearly $50,000 to erect a new scoreboard in Coach Duncan “Dunc” Hinckley’s memory. Randy Sheppard ’93 and Dunc’s wife, Linda Hinckley, spearheaded the initiative. Where N Men’s hockey team members also got a is Greate motivational boost: LarryScholarships Gaus ’84, whose and from GrantsGeneseo daughter Kathryn graduates in 2015, established an endowment that refurbished and named the hockey locker room in honor of his family, and he will Academic Center continue to support the program. Innovation and Disc Faculty Support


Through Shaping Lives of Purpose, the college founded The Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Development. So far, 24 students have undertaken transformational ambassadorships through the center. Corporations Ambassadors’ projects have ranged from ds Faculty/ community health initiatives to improve Staff health care for underserved Livingston County residents, Parentsto assisting nonprofit organizations in Haiti and Nicaragua, to Foundations giving voice to the experiences of the Organizations homeless and immigrants. Gabrielle Kosoy ’15, recipient of the 2012 Special Ambassadorship in Intercultural Studies, explored her roots aign Gifts by Source through culture and history while abroad al: $23,034,000 in Ukraine. “I gained insight about everything I saw,” she said. “I was surprised by the people, the pace of change and the nuances of language. And I learned how to look through other people’s eyes.”

ACADEMIC INNOVATION AND FACULTY SUPPORT Geneseo has always recognized the necessity of supporting the research and development efforts of students and faculty. Gifts to Shaping Lives of Purpose initiatives pre-

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INCREASED SUPPORT FOR ATHLETICS Throughout Shaping Lives of Purpose, support for every intercollegiate athletic team increased dramatically, and gifts to the Roundtable Athletic Association funded team travel and necessary uniform and equipment updates. Through A Knight’s Challenge, in which


Campaign Gifts When Vafier spoke to the crowd by in Designation Total:the $23,034,00 Wadsworth Auditorium celebrating campaign’s end, he not only reflected on Geneseo’s accomplishments but looked to the future. Shaping Lives of Purpose has set the stage for what Geneseo can do, he said. “Going forward,” he said, “our campaign goal will be closer to $50 million. After our next campaign, every student will have access to an alumni network, our Alumni Council will have grown and our participation rate should reach at least 25 percent … Increased alumni participation rates, more regional alumni events, and a stronger and more broadly supported athletics program — these are all results of this campaign.” While we completed the campaign, said Interim President Carol Long, it’s really a beginning. A framework for greater connection — and results — has been set. “What we are doing is safeguarding everything we all work so diligently to create at Geneseo by providing more and ever-better opportunities for students, faculty and staff,” said Long. “We are building a culture of philanthropy at Geneseo, and giving back.”



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A chance encounter while watching the sunset helps Cory Young ’13 find true connection with alumni that changes him.


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By Cory Young ’13 t was more pleasant than many August nights, though I imagine this had more to do with my company than any seasonal temperament. Jake and I were sitting on a concrete ledge behind Sturges Hall, looking out over the Genesee Valley — two nearly-juniors sharing some lingering thoughts as the sun set on what had been a truly illuminating, full day of exchange. I was particularly engrossed in our conversation that evening. It had taken many semesters to get Jake to freely discuss certain aspects of his worldview with me — all those unverifiable, unempirical thoughts that cannot be studied in a physics lab. I suppose that our differing opinions regarding the usefulness of speculation could be

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traced back to our respective cognitive predispositions: Jake preferred to discuss certainties and I preferred to discuss possibilities (as it turns out, history and physics do not share much in the way of methodology). For whatever reason, my roommate was willing to speculate with me that night and so I listened. As the conversation shifted from deliberations on the importance of scale in analysis to observations on the beauty of our campus, an older couple standing some 10 feet beneath the ledge took notice of us. They appeared to be in their upper-sixties, slower to move but quick to chat. The man made a passing remark about the sunset before asking us if we were students at the university; we said yes and he smiled. As it turned out, the man was an alumnus of the class of 1967, a history major and a brother of Phi Sigma Xi. His name was Gary. He told us that he and his wife, Mary, made a point of traveling to Geneseo from time to time to see how things had



shared space, set off together into the Integrated Science Center, swapping stories as we walked. Jake and I made every effort to highlight what was new about the Geneseo experience, from G.R.E.A.T Day posters to the particle accelerator. Gary and Mary contributed by detailing how they felt about the more conspicuous changes that had occurred over the last 45 years. The conversation eventually settled on residence halls — namely, the presence of gender-neutral housing. It soon became

this for quite some time—long after the sun had set — before a cursory glance at my cell phone alerted me to the late hour. Our goodbyes were protracted, neither pair wanting to terminate their conversation. Jake and I eventually managed to shake both of their hands before showing them to a convenient exit. They promised to take us out to dinner if we should ever happen to cross paths again. We grinned, nodded, and bid them a wonderful evening. I occasionally find myself thinking about that night. I think about Gary’s didactic stories, about Mary’s conservative incredulity, about the sheer odds of such an encounter even happening in the first place and I cannot help but smile. The whole story is truly incredible, or at least it would be if I did not have a witness. I am fortunate to have shared that experience with Jake, to have someone who understands the beauty of the connection that was forged that summer night in the halls of an academic building, to have someone

“This is the transformative, awesome power of the liberal arts. Four people, 46 years apart, joined together in conversation. Students of Geneseo, past and present, immersed in meaningful discussion one summer night in the halls of a public academic building, without a conspicuously academic agenda.”

evolved. In the spirit of explanation, he shared with us a few stories about his time at Geneseo, about what was different and what remained the same. We learned about his pledging process (the sixties were a very different time), his love of the college, and his life after graduation as a high school social studies teacher. The last anecdote included a piece of advice about refusing to compromise on your values in the face of adversity — in this case, a stubborn parent. After about 20 minutes, Gary and Mary thanked us for our time, wished us luck on all of our future endeavors, and carefully made their way up toward Main Street, hand in hand. I cannot recall exactly what was said, but Jake and I must have made a decision to go after them because I promptly found myself striding uphill, striving to keep up with Jake’s long-legged pace. Soon enough, we managed to reach the couple, intending only to thank them once more for their wisdom and kindness. However, those few additional minutes of conversation turned into a tour around campus. And with that, the four of us, generations apart and with little in common save for a

evident that what was normal and nurturing to Jake and me was novel to Gary and noxious to his wife. Whereas Gary’s reaction was to ask if we were comfortable with such a living arrangement, Mary’s was to ask if either one of us was homosexual. Although Gary was visibly upset by the familiarity and frankness of her question, Jake and I put on a pair of indulgent smiles and coolly responded that we were both heterosexual. Mary then inquired if we were Christians; we told her we were not. Finally, she wondered if we considered ourselves moral; we told her we did. Mary paused for a moment before declaring that she did not believe that one could be good without God. It was around this time that the conversation began to split off: Jake and Gary chatted about aerospace engineering while Mary and I discussed the merits of reason-based ethics. Though she was less open-minded than her husband, Mary did not dismiss my arguments outright; she considered what I had to say about the viability of alternative sources of morality before ultimately (and civilly) disagreeing with me. The four of us carried on like

who could also hear the pride in Gary’s voice when he spoke of his alma mater: “Being a social studies teacher was certainly challenging. Sometimes it’s hard to deal with students, but often it’s harder to deal with their parents. I once had a father come to school to discuss a poor grade his daughter had received on a unit test. He came into my office and approached my desk with his palm extended and introduced himself, ‘Mr. ________ , Columbia, class of ’78.’ I stood up and looked him square in the eye as I grasped his hand and replied, ‘Mr. ________ , Geneseo, class of ’67.’” This is the transformative, awesome power of the liberal arts. Four people, 46 years apart, joined together in conversation. Students of Geneseo, past and present, immersed in meaningful discussion one summer night in the halls of a public academic building, without a conspicuously academic agenda. Proudly, Cory Young, Geneseo Class of ’13

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Pat Pallend ’67, left, and Doug Bartlett ’69 were reunited after 46 years to remember their mentor and lacrosse coach, the late Associate Professor Emeritus of English John Hoey, who co-founded the team. Above: The photo that Pallend carries of Hoey and himself. PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS ’11

By Anthony T. Hoppa t has been 46 years, and still Pat Pallend ’67 carries the photograph. Creased at the corners and the ink a little faded, it is a younger version of himself, dressed for the game he loved to play at Geneseo, with the coach who inspired him. In the end, then, it was fitting that the coach who recruited Pallend and fellow teammate Doug Bartlett ’69 would reunite them nearly 50 years later. They returned to Geneseo last June to attend a memorial service for John Hoey, associate professor emeritus of English, who helped found the men’s lacrosse program. Bartlett went on to coach lacrosse for more than 35 years, including 21 at the Virginia Military Institute. He serves as vice president of the KeyDet Club, the fundraising arm of VMI athletics. Pallend is the economic development director for Fairburn, Ga. Together again, they remembered … And the stories they told:


Pallend: Hoey recruited me at the bar at The Big Tree Inn. He said, ‘I hear you think you’re a tough guy,’ and I said ‘Who the hell are you?’ He said, ‘I’m John Hoey: I’m starting this lacrosse program and I’m looking for tough guys, so why don’t you try out for the team and we’ll see just how tough you 20

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are.’ And I said, ‘I’m tough enough, now buy me a beer ’— and he did. Bartlett: My first recollection of meeting John was unbelievable — he was a short guy like me! Full of life, full of passion. He truly cared about us as people first, and then we were his players. I wouldn’t have graduated if it weren’t for him. He constantly kept me on course, wanting to know how I was doing, where I was struggling. He taught me that when you’re a coach, you’re on duty 24-7. Pallend: What I remember most was the time spent with John, (his wife) Betty, and the family. They were hugely important … in helping me move in the right direction from being a kid to a man. Bartlett: He wore this really strange hat, not the kind you’d expect to see a coach wearing at practice. He also wore a shirt and

tie on game days. ‘This is my office,’ he said. ‘We may be out-played and out-coached, but we will never be out-dressed.’ Pallend: He had a remarkable ability to see things as they were and to put his finger on the truth of the matter. That’s why I carry this faded photograph in my wallet. Looking at it, I sense the warmth and affection and it helps define how significant the Geneseo experience was for me. Bartlett: Sometimes on recruiting trips, I’d stop in and have coffee with him. He was so proud of what I was doing, coaching. That made me feel really good. Pallend: There are people in our lives who are a significant influence in a number of ways. With the time I spent with him in lacrosse and with his family, I knew damn well I could do anything I set my mind to. … I had a very keen sense of confidence that I could accomplish what was put on my plate when I left here. Bartlett: He loved the student body, loved lacrosse, loved his job. His house was always open to us; he was someone we could always go to with any problem. For John, it was always more than just a game. I feel blessed to have known the man.


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field, they have a well-earned rep for playing a tough sport — not just because of the hard tackles with lack of padding. Players carry, kick and can pass the ball laterally or backwards in an THE WARTHOGS: attempt to reach the opponent’s goal area. Ball carriers can be tackled — and always are. Stamina is a must. “I’ve played just about every sport there is and have never been tested physically like I am PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS ’11 during an 80Celebrating 32 years of Warthogs rugby: Micah Rogalski ’13, left, Rosemary Kolb ’14, Hannah Wyland ’14 and Stephen Parker ’15 minute rugby are among the school’s men’s and women’s club teams that love the rough sport, and the camaraderie. match in 90-degree-plus weather,” says inside center Micah Rogalski, four-hour radius, have fun on the field — By Jared Scott Tesler who graduates in December. “It’s grueling from rookie mudslides after rainy pracwenty-two minutes into a grueling no matter how fit a player is.” tices to singing songs after a big win. They match against the Geneseo Team members hope to gain official varalso work to create a positive reputation women’s Division II rugby team, sity status in the National Collegiate for “ruggers.” players from the University at Buffalo “I want to be recognized as a serious ath- Athletic Association. Last year, the men’s scored. Two more passes over the line team won the Greased Weasel Tournament sealed their victory. It was a tough 5-22 loss lete playing a serious sport,” says Wyland. in Oswego and made it all the way to the “I think some of the rugby culture can for the Geneseo Lady Warthogs, but it was state semifinals. They also have their sights obscure that goal.” also their greatest victory last season. set on reinforcing community outreach “Sometimes, the score really can’t reflect “Once a rugger, efforts. the play,” says team captain Hannah That close-knit community feeling and Wyland ’14. “We had the best chemistry always a rugger.” the community they create with each that day. That’s what rugby is like — play— Jennifer Kyne ’13 other sticks with players. ing the game because you love it and not The emotional support she received The Warthogs actively give back to the always needing a score to know you won.” both on and off the field, says former community. The women’s team has adoptSimultaneously formed in 1981 as the female counterpart to the men’s Warthogs ed a section of a Geneseo roadway and vol- Lady Warthogs President Jennifer Kyne club team, the Lady Warthogs practice two unteers to clean it twice a year. Last spring, ’13, will keep her connected — and playing rugby every alumni game until she’s the men’s team raised $4,000 in a headhours a day, five days a week, with fitness “old and gray.” training during winter. The men adhere to shaving fundraiser for the American “You don’t have to be a 6-foot-tall wall of Cancer Society. a similar practice schedule. Late Associate muscle to be brutal and powerful on the Anyone is welcome to join the teams. Professor Emeritus of English John Hoey field. I love how powerful playing rugby Team rosters have featured a range of helped students create the club; they have combinations, including soccer stars, hock- makes me feel,” she says. “This team kept it running for 32 years. became my college family. Once a rugger, ey players, sorority sisters, foreign Both teams, which have played against always a rugger.” nearly every other Division II club within a exchange students and dancers. On the

Geneseo’s club rugby players revel in camaraderie, community and hard knocks.




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Gun violence: A balance between rights and regulation The Newtown school massacre once again thrust gun violence — and the battle over gun control — into the national spotlight. At home in Rochester, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle ’86 and his community are dealing with the Christmas Eve 2012 shooting deaths of on-duty volunteer firefighters. What are the true costs of such tragedies and how do we balance protection and rights? Morelle provides inside insight into the debate. By New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle ’86

Biography: Joseph Morelle ’86 is majority leader of the New York State Assembly and has authored more than 200 laws since he was first elected in 1990. He represents the 136th Assembly District, which includes portions of the City of Rochester and the towns of Irondequoit and Brighton. Morelle has been outspoken about gunrelated issues and was a vocal proponent of New York state’s most recent gun Morelle law, which is considered one of the toughest in the United States.

he final days of 2012 brought acts of violence that shocked New Yorkers and all of America. The Christmas Eve murders of two firefighters in Webster, N.Y., by a resident who shot them as they responded to a fire call at his home, and the rampage in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead, 20 of them school children, have forced the subject of gun safety into the national spotlight to a degree not seen in well over a

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decade, and rightly so. In Albany, many other state capitals and Washington, D.C., citizens and their elected leaders are once again considering the question of how to strike the correct balance between gun regulation and constitutional rights. This is a necessary and important conversation for Americans to have, but it also is a difficult and painful one. Advocates on all sides are passionate, from the law-abiding member of the National Rifle Association to the grieving parent whose child’s life has been cut short by a bullet. If we are to reach an accommodation that promotes and preserves both individual liberty and public safety, we must respect opposing opinions and not question the motives of those with whom we disagree. Consensus on guns is possible, and we must not stop until we have it. As an assemblyman and majority leader, I supported New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE), a vote consistent with my record and my conscience. I have sponsored and supported legislation making it harder to buy assault weapons and prohibiting loaded firearms near schools, for instance, because I strongly believe that there is no inherent contradiction between reasonable restrictions and the Second Amendment guar-

antee of the right to keep and bear arms. I am supported in this by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the following as part of the majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the Court struck down D.C.’s handgun ban: “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose … Although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of the full scope of the Second Amendment, nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” In other words, even as they removed a gun law from the books, the justices made it clear that certain laws “imposing conditions and qualifications” on gun sales may pass constitutional muster. This is not to deny the valid criticisms of the SAFE Act. The Legislature recently exempted qualified former law enforcement officers from assault weapon prohi-


bitions, and there may be future modifications. As Assembly majority leader, I would be the last to argue that all state laws are perfect and beyond the need for amendment, and the SAFE Act is no exception. Mindful as I am of these legitimate objections and constitutional concerns, I am equally aware of the terrible price of gunfire. Isolated mass shootings at malls, in school yards and on college campuses understandably draw the most media attention, but these tragic events are only a small part of the overall story. Gun deaths may outstrip highway fatalities in the United States within two years, with more than 33,000 Americans dying annually as a result of homicide, suicide or accident in connection with a firearm. That’s equal to the number of U.S. battle deaths in the Korean War. According to the Centers for Disease Control, this translated to a staggering

$37 billion drain on our economy and health care system in 2005, the last year for which these numbers are available. In the face of such loss and cost, a failure to act would simply be unconscionable. In memory of the brave first responders of Webster, as well as the children of Newtown and their families, we are obligated to conduct a sober and serious discourse on the place of guns in American life. We owe nothing less, also, to responsible gun owners who have been wrongly tarnished by the bad acts of others. It is my hope that the terrible events of 2012 — and of many years before, and of the days since — will result in a new national understanding on an issue that for far too long has needlessly divided Americans of good faith and good intention.

This is a necessary and important conversation for Americans to have, but it also is a difficult and painful one. Advocates on all sides are passionate. — Joseph Morelle ’86

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One Cup Kristy Vergo Class of 2001


ONE CUP Inspired by the idea that everyone has a story to share, we offer the “random profile.” Each issue, we don a blindfold and throw a dart at a map of the United States to choose our state, then take aim again to choose a lucky alum. We catch up, relive memories and share life insight, like we are talking over coffee. Up next ... Illinois Could it be you?


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QUICK FACTS Home: Denver, Colo Graduation year: 2001 Degree: bachelor’s in psychology Favorite Geneseo hangout: The gazebo and the IB. How has Geneseo shaped your life?: It taught me that hard work pays off. It pushed me to my limits. I made friends for life. Best Geneseo memory: Going to Conesus Lake to study with some friends. I’m not sure how much studying we actually accomplished, but it made it more enjoyable! Most rewarding experience since college: Moving to Colorado without a plan and carving out a path that was true to myself, rather than external and societal expectations. People are usually surprised to discover: How intuitive of a person I am. I can really sense how people are feeling even if they are not saying anything. Favorite quote: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost Advice to current seniors: Make sure to keep balance in your life. I’ve found that a combination of planning for the future and living in the moment works best for me.


xhausted by three years in human resources and the world of paperwork, payroll administration and fast-paced meetings it brought, Kristy Vergo ’01 called it quits. Even when employee relations and interviewing job candidates gave her the chance to put her bachelor’s degree in psychology to use by navigating workplace disputes, she couldn’t help but imagine a career with more excitement. In the meantime, she made her own. With three great friends, Kristy set out for something new — six weeks of spontaneous exploration in Europe. The culture shock taught Kristy a lesson that she wouldn’t leave behind with the fresh baguettes and handmade spaghetti. It changed the course of her life. “Europeans work to live. They don’t live to work,” she says. “Just talking to them, I felt that my interests and the way their lifestyle is made me realize that I didn’t want to go back to corporate America. I decided I needed to do something else.” Kristy returned determined to take her time and experiment to find a career that she would love. “I truly believe in living in the moment and that some planning is necessary, but you only live once,” she says. “… I consider myself a pretty spontaneous person so I don’t really want to limit myself.” She picked up a relaxed job at a restaurant in Denver — where she had moved on a whim after Geneseo. She then decided the best way to find her ideal job was to go to graduate school. After sampling undergraduate courses in Spanish, French and psychology, she rediscovered the love she found for psychology. The people-oriented nature of the field had convinced her to switch from biology after her freshman year in Geneseo. This December, she graduates from the University of Colorado at Denver with a master’s degree in counseling. She plans to open a private practice. Her passion for counseling comes from her desire to connect with and help others. “Sometimes your life can feel really out of balance and sometimes you just need someone to guide you to figure out what would make you the happiest,” she says. “I want to help people with their struggles so they can be the happiest they can be.” While it’s been difficult to balance classes, a private-practice internship and two part-time jobs, her counseling clients have reaffirmed her determination to take risks and pursue her goals. “It is inspiring to me the struggles they have been able to overcome and the dedication and determination it takes to pick themselves up and try again,” she says. “It reminds me of how strong our spirits are, and if you have faith in yourself, that you can do anything you put your mind to.”


By Chelsea Butkowski ’15


Alumni News ABOUT THE ARTIST: On his frequent travels to Geneseo, Andy Smith ’81 often documents the beauty of daily life, including catching the grace of a seagull flying past Emmeline, the bear on Main Street, on a September afternoon. Photography is a favorite pastime for Smith, an environmental scientist for 24 years. One of his favorite things to do is take a hike or a bike ride with his camera and his wife, Mary Jo Carbone Smith ’81. He has exhibited his work in galleries in Geneseo and Rochester. “Photography is my creative outlet and inspires me to be observant of beauty in small places that might be overlooked,” he says, “and to create interesting compositions from what I see.” Share your artwork with us! Send a short bio and a link or examples of your work to


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Alumni Events The Office of Alumni Relations is always looking for regional event ideas. Contact the office at if you would like to work with us to plan an event in your area. FUTURE PLANNING Springfest/Alumni Weekend: April 25-27, 2014 Reunion: July 11-13, 2014

Alumni barbecue in Raleigh, N.C.

Celebrating reunion class years ending in 4 or 9

Family Weekend: Sept. 19-21, 2014 Homecoming Weekend: Oct. 17-19, 2014

The Office of Alumni Relations is constantly planning events on campus and throughout the 18 regions identified below. In an effort to reduce cost and preserve resources, invitations to most of our events will be sent by email (not print). To best stay informed of alumni gatherings in Geneseo or in a region near you, please check the alumni website: and make sure Geneseo has your current email and mailing address.

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GENESEO ALUMNI REGIONS • Albany Region • Buffalo Region • Chicago Region • Colorado Region • Florida — East Coast Region • Florida — West Coast Region • Long Island Region • New England Region • New Jersey — Northern Region • New York City Region • North Carolina Region • Philadelphia/New Jersey — Southern Region • Rochester Region • San Francisco Region • Southern California Region • Syracuse Region • Washington, D.C. Region • Westchester/Connecticut Region

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Alumni Events

Buffalo Event Campus — Chamber Singers Reunion

Syracuse Event

Skaneateles cruise — Syracuse region


Albany Event

Mudcats Alumni Baseball Game in Batavia, N.Y.

Alumni travel program in Siena, Italy

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Alumni Events: Summer Reunion


Sig Tau 50th Reunion — Campus




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WGSU 89.3 radio 50-year reunion celebration



Champagne Reception

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A global mission for change ne evening two months ago, four sisters came to visit Jena Gullo ’98 at her office. Healthy and lively, the young women are successful in school, participating in activities like basketball and cheerleading, and have set their career GULLO goals high: becoming the first female Hispanic president of the United States. Three years earlier, the sisters hadn’t been doing as well. They’d been placed with Gullo for emergency foster care after being neglected by their moth-


“The more time I put in, the greater impact I have. The more people I inspire to join me in my work, the greater reach we have.” — Jena Gullo ’98 er, and having been both physically and sexually abused by additional family members. “So much trauma,” says Gullo. “How does one survive that? But I have to remind myself, I am one first step they can take to breaking out of their cycle of abuse. That’s why I do foster care, and that’s why I do this work.” The work to which Gullo refers is her lifelong dedication to serving and improving the lives of others. In addition to being a foster parent, she has participated in and led mission work all over the globe, from

assisting children living in poverty in the streets of Guatemala to nurturing AIDSstricken orphans in Kenya. Today, Gullo is the executive director of the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way in Bismarck, N.D. In the past four years she has worked with the organization, she has shifted its emphasis toward increased, measurable results in solving major issues in the region, including ending hunger, providing opportunities and support for children to be successful in and out of school, and assisting and

class of ’98 Jena Gullo PHOTO PROVIDED

Jena Gullo ’98 has led and participated in projects that assist families and children all over the world and at home, including providing families in rural Kenya with food and medicine. She now leads the United Way in Bismarck, N.D.


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empowering those living in poverty. “The reason I most love my position is because I realize the opportunity to actually solve problems — major problems,” says Gullo. “The more time I put in, the greater impact I have. The more people I inspire to join me in my work, the greater reach we have.” She can trace her passion for problem-solving through service work back to her days as a sophomore, when she participated in a service trip to Guatemala. “We did manual labor, building a retaining wall at a school and building a home,” says Gullo. “While we certainly did help the poor, it is cliché yet true that the trip helped each of us to a much greater extent,” she says. Gullo worked to pay her own way for the trip, and worked again — washing dishes in the Hub, fundraising for The Geneseo Foundation, and driving the campus Safe Car — to earn money so that she could study abroad in Italy the following year. These trips were crucial, she says, in providing her “a chance to create my own path in life.” Gullo’s path is one she feels in her bones: “What makes me truly happy is the belief that I can create real sustainable social change to improve systems and conditions that change lives,” says Gullo. “It doesn’t matter if it is in one person, one village, one country or throughout the world. Well, throughout the world would be best,” says Gullo, “ but that might take some time!” — Laura Kenyon

class of ’92 Peter Kreinheder PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS ’11

After several careers, from sales to marine education, Peter Kreinheder ’92 found his niche as an award-winning brewer.

Who said beer would never get you anywhere? eter Kreinheder ’92, owner of the Ellicottville Brewing Company, took a circuitous route to success. During his senior year, the Geneseo political science major did advance work for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign at the New Hampshire primary with fellow Geneseo student Jackie Dycke Norris ’92. After graduating, he joined Jackie in Washington, D.C., where she was working for New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter during the change of presidential power. “I did some volunteer work to see if I wanted to work on Capitol Hill, but quickly discovered that I didn’t want to be a part of Washington,” said Kreinheder. Instead, he reconnected with some people he had met on his Semester at Sea program and


worked a few months as a crew member for SoundWaters, taking kids onto Long Island Sound to expose them to oceanography. After that, he headed for Toronto for sales training at a high-end photography and print company. It was in Toronto that he caught the beer-brewing bug. He met some brewers, became very interested in the business, and decided to attend brewing school in California. He opened the Ellicottville Brewing Company — his first brewpub — in 1995 in the small Southern Tier town of Ellicottville, N.Y., near where he grew up. “Little did I know that the budding craft brewing industry was in the midst of explosive national growth,” said Kreinheder, “but I quickly realized I was part of it after going to Boston that year for the national Craft Brewers

Conference. The number of American craft breweries has doubled the past 10 years to about 2,800.” Kreinheder has steadily grown his brewing and distribution channels. He added a pub and restaurant in Fredonia, N.Y., in 2005 and recently completed a huge expansion of his Ellicottville brewpub, including event space and a restaurant, which has proven to be as popular as his beers. He also designed a new, fullyautomated brewery in Germany, which he shipped over. It allows Kreinheder to operate his brew house 24/7, and he hopes to expand distribution of his numerous award-winning, handcrafted beers from New York to Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey, while simultaneously supporting Ellicottville’s tourism economy through his successful

restaurant and pub. “I can’t complain, this is great fun,” said Kreinheder. “Every day you meet someone new because of people driving through or arriving to ski, hike or bike.” To his surprise, blueberry wheat is his most popular beer: “I met some brewers from Maine at a conference who were experimenting with a blueberry beer, so we came back and started working on introducing blueberries into our beer and it has proven a hit.” Kreinheder credits his experiences at Geneseo for preparing him for the business world. “Geneseo’s liberal arts approach fit my mold nicely,” he said. “I had great respect for the late John Hoey, who founded our crew team and taught us commitment and how to structure and discipline our hours and days.” — David Irwin Fall 2013



Class Notes 1960s Class of 1964 — celebrating their 50th reunion and Class of 1969 — celebrating their 45th reunion in 2014. Sally Gladden ’63 is president of The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop in the Catskills region of New York. She directs and acts in many plays and is a traveling adjudicator for The Theatre Association of New York. Author Douglas Brode ’65 recently published his book, “Patsy: The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald,” a non-fiction novel, through Sunbury Press. He drew on historical revelations to take a new approach to John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Oswald’s alleged involvement. Brode has authored more than 40 books, including two other recently published works: “Star Power!,” a self-help book that teaches readers how to rely on favorite memories from Hollywood movies to advance their personal happiness and professional growth; and “Dream West: Politics and Religion in Cowboy Movies,” which is an academic study of the Western film genre. He also wrote a special issue of American Cowboy magazine, dedicated to heroes and villains on America’s frontier. He teaches at Syracuse University’s Department of TV-FilmDigital Media during fall and at the University of Texas Department of Philosophy and Classics each spring.

1970s Class of 1974 — celebrating their 40th reunion and Class of 1979 — celebrating their 35th reunion in 2014. Robert Spoor ’74 earned a Certificate of Completion for the introduction to particle physics class through The Oxford Experience at Oxford University. Steve Rondinaro ’76 was recently inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame, which honors those who have been influential in the history of drum and bugle corps. He has been a broad32

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cast personality for Drum Corps International for 35 years, hosting the organization’s television and movie theater broadcasts since the late 1970s. Rondinaro is a former news reporter and TV anchor, has played in drum corps and is a successful corps director. Jeffrey Drake ’78 teaches photography at Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Fla.

1980s Class of 1984 — celebrating their 30th reunion and Class of 1989 — celebrating their 25th reunion in 2014. Stephen Barbeau ’80 has retired after 33 years as assistant superintendent from the Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) Central School District. He was recently elected town supervisor for his hometown of LeRoy, N.Y., and will spend time traveling with his wife, Doris. Donald Dunne ’81 has retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years, with the rank of colonel. He is now the chief of the applied intelligence division in the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance agency in San Antonio, Texas. Wendy Stoveland ’84 was recently promoted to vice president at ARCADIS, a global engineering and consultancy firm that provides consultation, design, engineering and management services in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. Stoveland is responsible for strategic positioning of ARCADIS in the U.S. marketplace and leads the corporate marketing and communications team of professionals engaged in public relations, market positioning, employee engagement communications, conferences and events, and web/e-tools. She is an active member of the Society of Marketers of Professional Services and International Association of Business Communicators. She works out of the ARCADIS White Plains, N.Y., office. Suzanne Flockhart Johnston ’81 recently accepted a position at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., as a clinical assistant professor and a brain

injury clinical director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Artist Richard Harrington ’82 of South Lima, N.Y., won the $500 Harris Popular Vote Award, given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Manville S. Harris, at the 64th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition. Harrington’s painting, “Hot Summer Sky,” received the most votes from visitors during the first two weeks of the show. The exhibition is a biennial showcase that features artists from western and central New York. Julie Foley Marshall ’87 was recently promoted to director of the Livingston County Economic Development Office and Industrial Development Agency in Geneseo, N.Y. Julie Schultheiss Buehler ’89

was recently promoted to vice chancellor of information services and strategy and chief Julie Schultheiss information Buehler officer at The University of MassachusettsAmherst. Matthew Cook ’89 recently accepted a position at Newark (N.Y.) Central School District as superintendent of schools. He was recently employed at Wayne Central School District as director of human resources. Vicki Masters Profitt ’89 was named director of the Fairport Historical Museum in January 2013. Her first book, “Pittsford,” was released by Arcadia Publishing in June.

1990 Laurie Filipelli recently had her debut collection of poetry, “Elsewhere,” released by Brooklyn Arts Press.

1991 Troy Tucker was named the 2012-

13 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors

of Athletics. Kelly Andraszek Zielke is the assistant principal at Pittsford Mendon High School in Pittsford, N.Y.

1992 Steve Bucci is creating games and applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. The latest is Starship Commander and is designed for kids to pilot a spaceship and use their imaginations.

1993 Suzan Askins recently published

her book, “Riding with Nana,” which is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble on audio and e-book. Michael Grover was recently promoted to chief accounting officer from senior vice president, financial reporting and tax, at Five Star Bank. Mark Kovaleski

was recently promoted to managMark Kovaleski ing partner at Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. LLP in Rochester, N.Y. Melissa Mapother Riter and James Riter are happy to announce their marriage on Nov. 18, 2011, in Syracuse, N.Y.

1994 Celebrating their 20th reunion in 2014. Andy Davis was promoted at NRG Energy to director of investor relations.

1995 Judith Duppert recently accepted

a position at South Lewis Central School District in Turin, N.Y., as a middle school principal. She was previously principal at West Carthage Elementary School. Kevin Gallagher recently accepted a position at PSL Group America as chief

financial officer, the Americas. He was recently was employed at Cooney/Waters Group as chief financial officer. Christine

Reunion 2014 Class Reunions for the Classes of 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954

Simpson Sachs is a

life and leadership coach of her own business, Christine Sachs Christine Simpson Coaching. She Sachs recently was employed at Oxford University’s North American office as director of major gifts.

Special reunions planned for Phi Lambda Chi sorority’s 50th anniversary and Sigma Gamma Phi (Arethusa) sorority’s 120th anniversary.

Get Involved If you would like to get involved in your reunion planning, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at

1996 Jennifer Campbell wrote her second book of poetry, “Supposed to Love.” It was published last spring. Laura Glaessgen Marthaler and Tony Marthaler are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Elizabeth, born on March 8, 2012, in Burlington, Vt.

1997 Shawn O’Bomsawin

was recently promoted to director of benefits delivery at Aon Hewitt. Amy Shawn O’Bomsawin

Barmore Pasley and

Tim Pasley are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Reagan Marion, born on Feb. 7, 2013.

1998 Daniel Calhoun and Jennifer

Calhoun are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Henry Daniel, born on July 15, 2013, in Statesboro, Ga.

1999 Celebrating their 15th reunion in 2014. Jaclyn Boushie recently accepted a position at Binghamton University, State University of New York, as a major gifts officer-liaison. She recently was employed at American Red Cross of Central New York as an associate major gifts officer.

2000 Brenna Holik Rybak and Thomas Rybak are happy to announce their marriage on June 8, 2013, in Rochester, N.Y., where they live.

2001 Kevin Moeller and Kevin Creamer

are proud to announce their marriage in July 2013, on Long Island. They live in Manhattan.

2002 Sarah Fox was recently promoted to global cash manager at Constellation Brands Inc. in Victor, N.Y. Eric Hinman finished fifth for male competitors ages 30 to 34 and 32nd overall in the Lake Placid, N.Y., Ironman competition in July. He competed in the Ironman World championship race in October 2013 in Kona, Hawaii. Andrea Snyder recently accepted a position with the Nassau Library System located in Uniondale, N.Y., as the outreach services specialist. She previously worked at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md.


Anthony Cook III

the Diocese of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., as superintendent. He recently was employed at Seton Catholic School as

principal. Jessica Sherrard Duryee and Chad Duryee are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Alexa Kaylynn, born on Feb. 15, 2013, in East Islip, NY. Robyn Cucurullo O’Brien and Gerald O’Brien are happy to announce their marriage on Dec. 2, 2011, in New York City. Kerri Rider Krueger and Matthew Krueger are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Alexander Rider, born on Nov. 28, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.

2004 Celebrating their 10th reunion in 2014. Tim Conheady recently accepted a position at Benefitfocus in Charleston, S.C., as an implementation data analyst.

Anthony Cook III recently accept-


ed a position at Catholic Schools for

Janelle Feuz Zera and Joe Zera

are happy to announce their marriage on June 28, 2013, in Buffalo, N.Y. Jennifer Keough Sonricker and Jeremy Sonricker are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Hannah Elizabeth, born on April 12, 2013.

2006 Eric Peskor and Jamie Fragnito Peskor '07 are happy to announce their marriage on May 11, 2013, at Irondequoit Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. They first met at a Lamron meeting and live in Rochester, N.Y. Maureen Palumbo Wheeler and Adam Wheeler are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Noah James, born on May 18, 2013. Maureen recently accepted a position at Livingston County Economic Development in Geneseo as an economic development specialist.

2007 Jamie Fragnito Peskor and Eric Peskor '06 are happy to announce their marriage on May 11, 2013, at Irondequoit Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. They first met at a Lamron meeting and reside in Rochester, N.Y. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. John Rossiter and Bobbi

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Mark Benasz ’83 racked up frequent flyer miles with his Scene, on his way from Cincinnati to Auckland, New Zealand.

High eak are

Randy Saffer ’04, left, Kerry Rice ’04, and Rob Allen’04, outside of Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Austria. Mary Lou Ryan ’74 with children at the Arthur Davison Children's Hospital in Ndola, Zambia. The hospital serves 3,500 children who are infected with HIV/AIDS. Mary Lou's visit was part of an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift distribution.

Samuel Forlenza ’08 at the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, with storks, herons, hippopotamuses and crocodiles.


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Ryan Cocina '07 inside the tunnels of Cu Chi during a backpacking trip through Vietnam.

Mike Putman ’93 while visiting Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

2008 Bobbi Buchanan Rossiter and

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. John Rossiter ’07 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Selena Danielle, on April 21, 2013. They lived in Okinawa, Japan, until recently and moved back to the United States last summer. Kasie Collins recently accepted a position at GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. in Springfield, Mass., as an environmental scientist. Anna-Lisa Lysell McLaughlin and Matthew McLaughlin are happy to announce their marriage on June 30, 2012. Sarah Osterling and Steven Mayne ’09 are happy to announce their marriage on April 27, 2013, in Rochester, N.Y. They reside in Fairport, N.Y. Many Geneseo alumni were in attendance at the wedding. Grace Young and Stephen Tulowiecki ’07 are happy to announce their marriage on July 6, 2012, in West Seneca, N.Y. They reside in Rochester, N.Y. Geneseo alumni were members of the wedding party.

2009 Jaclyn Chafetz was recently promoted to offender rehabilitation coordinator from pharmacy aide at the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in New York. Steven Mayne and Sarah Osterling ’08 are happy to announce their marriage on April 27, 2013, in Rochester, N.Y. They reside in Fairport, N.Y. Many Geneseo alumni were in attendance.

2010 Kaitlin Rovnyak recently accepted a position at Kuhn Construction Inc. in Islip, N.Y., as an event and marketing manager. She recently was employed at Solar Energy Trade Shows LLC as an events and finance operations associate. Katie Smart recently accepted a position at Duke University Press in Durham, N.C., as an academic exhibits and publicity coordinator in journals marketing. Natalie Thorpe was

recently promoted to senior accountant at Lumsden McCormick in Buffalo, N.Y. Natalie Thorpe

administrator. David Schantz is attending graduate school at SUNY Geneseo. Jonathan Schultz will attend the University of New Mexico as a doctorate student in biology, studying invertebrate immunoparasitology. Rachael Severino recently accepted a position at St. Pauly Textile as a project manager. Skye Wilson is enrolled in the Georgetown University’s master’s degree in government program. Her education is supported in part by a graduate research assistantship. She plans to work in Washington, D.C., and participated in the Washington internship program at Geneseo.

2013 Hannah Allen is earning her mas-

ter’s degree in business administration at the University of Buffalo.

mechanical engineering. Katherine Dukarm is attending

the Army Defense Language Institute for Arabic. Dana Fitzpatrick will be serving in the Peace Corps. Debra Ford recently accepted a position at Teach for America in eastern North Carolina in special education. Lindsay Giacalone is attending Syracuse University to pursue a master’s degree in inclusive education. Robert Kahrs is attending graduate school at Rochester Institute of Technology. Kaitlin Keller recently accepted a position at Disney World as a performer. Alyssa Kimutis recently accepted a position at Rochester General Hospital as a patient care technician. Christine Kirkpatrick is attending graduate school at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for a doctorate in chemistry. Megan

Geneseo’s big weekends are

MOVING Mark your calendars:

Family Weekend 2014 l Sept. 19-20 Homecoming Weekend 2014 l Oct. 17-18

2011 Lindsey Rae Jackson is part of the

master’s in public health program at SUNY Albany and serves in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya. She is working on a project to raise funds to treat jiggers, a tropical disease. Meredith Stevens is a Spanish teacher at Lincoln Park Preschool and Academy in Chicago and recently accepted a position at Autism Home Support Services in Northbrook, Ill.

2012 Melanie Franciosa recently accept-

ed a position at BNY Mellon investment management company in Orlando, Fla., as a BDS operations

Patrick Asselin is attending the

University of Rochester Medical School. Sadie Baker recently accepted a position at Teach for America in Appalachia as a science teacher. Matthew Bower is teaching for Teach for America. Robert Briwa is pursuing a master’s degree in geography at Kansas State University. Annmarie Carey recently accepted a position at Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C. Megan Chapin is attending Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., to earn a master’s dregree in forensic anthropology. Tyler Cooper is attending Law School at Boston College. Amanda Cox is attending the University of Delaware. Cory Cox is attending graduate school at the University of Washington for

Knitter is attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for a master’s degree in school counseling. Valerie Lynn is attending Syracuse University to work toward her master’s degree in business administration. Carolyn Mahon is attending graduate school at the University of Buffalo for speech pathology. Kathryn Makowiec is attending medical school at Vanderbilt University for audiology. Mariah Marienfeld is attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh for a master’s degree in early intervention with autism specialization. Hayley Martin is attending the University of Rochester for the MD/Ph.D. program. Jessica Maslyn is attending Albany Law School. Yael Massen

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Buchanan Rossiter ’08 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Selena Danielle, on April 21, 2013. They lived in Okinawa, Japan, until recently and moved back to the United States last summer. Stephen Tulowiecki and Grace Young ’08 are happy to announce their marriage on July 6, 2012, in West Seneca, N.Y. They reside in Rochester, N.Y. Geneseo alumni were members of the wedding party.




Submit your class note or notice at is attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working towards a master of fine arts in poetry. Diana Monno recently accepted a position at Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory as course logistics coordinator. Jordan Monteleone is attending graduate school at the University of Rochester. Priya Patel is attending graduate school at SUNY College of Optometry. Alison Petry is attending Chapman University in California to work towards a master’s degree in communicative disorders and sciences. Keren Powell is attending graduate school at the University of Albany for physical anthropology. Zarina Quandt recently accepted a position at Soleo Communications Inc. as a statistical analyst. Kelsey Quest is attending the University of Minnesota for educational psychology. Jacquelyn Rivellese is attending graduate school at SUNY Geneseo. Mary Ross is pursuing an MD/master of public health program at SUNY Upstate Medical School. Elizabeth Ryan is attending graduate school at Ithaca College for speech-language pathology. Whitney Salamone is attending Boston University to work towards a master of public health. Mary Sheedy recently accepted a position at Teach for America in North Carolina for special education. Brandon Shufelt is attending the University of Florida for the Hispanic linguistics master’s program. James Sincebaugh is attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to work toward a medical doctor degree. Collin Stillman is attending the University of Rochester, earning his doctorate degree in physics. Rachel Taplin recently accepted a position at Académie de Rouen in the north of France as an English teacher. Lauren Triantafillou is attending graduate school at the University of Buffalo in the literacy specialist program. Grace Trompeter is attending Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, working towards a master of science in public

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Bernard Martin ’51, July 31, 2013 Joyce Richards ’51, Sept. 18, 2012 Linda Smith Phelps ’53, June 26,

2013 Yvonne Vermeulen ’53, Feb. 2,

health in human nutrition. Lauren Weisberg is attending Antioch University New England in Keene, N.H. Ellen Williams is attending graduate school at SUNY New Paltz. Brittany Wolf recently accepted a position at Teach for America in Newark, N.J., as a sixthgrade math teacher.

IN MEMORIAM ALUMNI Anne Wixom Fox ’37, Sept. 7,

Sept. 26, 2007


Rosco Stark ’38, July 22, 2009 Mary Thomas Fernan ’40, July 1,

Jean Rettie ’54, July 2, 2013 Ann Klinger Hennessey ’56,


March 1, 2013

Mary Happ Conkling ’41, Sept. 27, Doris Nixon Green ’41, Jan. 29,

David McWhirter ’59, June 1, 2013 Richard V. Welch ’61, Aug. 7, 2013 Dorothy Ormsby Argentieri ’63,


Nov. 19, 2012


Lillian Patterson Shepardson ’41,

Doretta Morelli Nichols ’63, Feb.

July 21, 2012

15, 1996

Clarence Eddy ’42, May 15, 1997 Elaine Smith Alderson ’46, Dec.

Linda Haimerl Crowley ’65, July

23, 2011

G. Jeffrey Haber ’66, July 26, 2013 William Wilkins ’67, July 14, 2010 Robert Anna ’68, April 24, 2013 Richard Tokar ’69, July 24, 2013 William White ’72, May 27, 2007 Judith Ginsberg Harrington ’73,

Blaise Buffamante ’49, May 9,



Jessamine Merle Dorland ’38,

Catherine Sabin Buss ’51, Jan. 1,

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16, 2013

July 4, 2013 Joseph Chakalis ’75, June 24,

2013 Carol Finch ’75, March 4, 2013 Nancy Chupp Vann ’75, July 24,

2013 Thomas Basile ’76, May 15, 2013 Patsy Francis Bush ’76, Nov. 22,

2012 Howard Hartnett ’83, April 15,

2013 Patrick Ryan ’87, Sept. 27, 2009 Darlene Wittenrich ’88, Aug. 20,

2012 Nathan Northrop ’08, April 29,

2013 Jillian Andolina ’09, May 11, 2013 Patrick Combo ’11, June 2, 2013 Eric Hinman ’02 represents Geneseo digital-style in the Adirondack Mountains, where he finished the Ironman Competition 32nd overall and fifth in his age group, males ages 30 to 34. He competed in the Ironman World championship in Hawaii last October.

FACULTY/STAFF/EMERITI • Adjunct Lecturer Vincent Camuto, died on June 27, 2012. He

taught in the School of Education in 2005-2006. • Professor of History Emeritus William “Bill” Derby, died on July 27, 2013. He served on the Geneseo faculty from 1957 to 1993, including nine years as chair of the history department.

Tamra Renaud Wright ’93 at the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain.



• Professor Emeritus of Economics Gregor Lazarcik, who taught at Geneseo from 1968 to 1985, died on May 13, 2013. A respected economist, he was a resource on Eastern Europe and Russia and testified before a Joint Committee of Congress.

Giving Back

Beyond the numbers

All alumni count ne year ago, Alyssa Anderson Gonlag ’05 was among the many graduates who valued their Geneseo education and experience, but had never made a gift. That changed when she attended a networking event in New York City and learned just how few alumni donated to the college last year — 8.5 percent. “I was really surprised,” says Gonlag. “That statistic definitely touched me.” Gonlag learned at Geneseo to create professional relationships and even launched her career through mentoring alumni. She found lifelong best friends and inspiration among her field hockey teammates. The light bulb sort of went off, she says, when she realized that by contributing, “we are investing in our diplomas.” Inspired to start a new trend, Gonlag made her first gift to Geneseo during Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo — designated for something close to her heart: the women’s field hockey team. Thanks to the generosity of many like Gonlag, who gave back for the first time or continued their generosity, Geneseo increased its total alumni participation rate to 11.4 percent this year — an additional 1,500 donors. But it’s a milestone that is more than a number. Much of the $23 million raised during the campaign was done so by many, who contributed smaller gifts. It signals a new outlook among alumni who believe in investing in what Geneseo is and will become. It can be through gifts or providing stronger connections through internships and mentoring for students, or reconnecting with each other via events, reunions and the Alumni Council, says Chris Mattoni ’96, chair of the Alumni Council’s Class Leadership Committee and leader for Class of 1996 participation. “We’re at an important stage at the college,” says Mattoni. “The alumni experience is being harnessed by the alumni themselves.”




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